StartupGiraffe helps entrepreneurs refine, design and build their web and mobile projects.
We help you define and prioritize product features to achieve business goals.
You set the vision; we work together to mockup and design a simple, beautiful user interface.
Over several weeks, we build the first version of your product with your continuous feedback.
Not long ago, launching a successful startup took a lot: A lot of money, a lot of people, and a lot of time. Nowadays, we have better technologies that allow us to build applications for the web and mobile phones much faster. Despite these advances, it's not uncommon to see startups spend over a year without ever releasing anything. Some get "feature-itis", others have difficulty recruiting technical talent, others are ashamed to release something that doesn't live up to their expectations. We founded StartupGiraffe to help entrepreneurs filter their ideas into viable products and then bring those products to market quickly.
Unlike traditional development shops, we don't just accept product requirements and crank out code (we do crank out code, but that comes later!). Instead, our process begins with product strategy, user stories, user experience testing, and interviews. This initial phase gives everyone more insight into what specific problems exist in the market and how best to address them. From here, we work with entrepreneurs to prioritize product features.
Once we've come up with a clear set of objectives, our experienced UI team starts building mockups and sending them to clients for review. After many rounds of revisions, we move onto the graphic design phase, wherein our wonderful design partners translate the entrepreneur's aesthetic vision into an attractive interface. A few rounds of design iteration later, we are ready to begin development.
With a full set of designs that we understand completely, we can build an application rapidly. Our development process leverages the knowledge and libraries we've built over the course of launching over a dozen startups. This allows us to easily incorporate key features while spending more time on whatever technical complexities your project presents. During the build, we meet regularly with entrepreneurs to demonstrate our progress, get feedback and make changes.
We devote a full week after each project to quality assurance testing (making sure everything works as it should and fixing bugs).
"I couldn't be happier with the work Startup Giraffe did for us. Their development process was thorough, empathetic, patient and focused. The site is better than I could have imagined due to their insight and feedback. Great experience, highly recommended." —Sashka Rothchild, FounderVisit Website
"StartupGiraffe is great to work with- competent, quick to react, fair and wonderful. Whereas folks often complain of their developers, I recommend them to any relevant lead in the hopes they'll grow & thrive forever." —Joan Martin, CEOVisit Website
"Working with Startup Giraffe was one of the most exciting and gratifying experiences -- seeing our vision come to life. The team is razor sharp, responsive, unnervingly talented, and fun to work with. Given their expertise in Ruby on Rails, they were proactive about advising us on important scalability, testing, and architecture issues. These guys are total pros and are at the top of their game in terms of their ability to identify opportunities, develop, and execute. We are constantly referring them to everyone we know." —Mandy Tang and Meggan Crum, FoundersVisit Website
"After interviewing over 20 other developers, we chose to go with Startup Giraffe for our minimally viable product. The three main reasons for this decision were their ability to contribute to or answer important strategic business questions on the fly, the opportunity to get our product to market in just four weeks, and the fact they only take on one project at a time so we knew we had 100% of their bandwidth working towards solving our technology problems." —Adam Sirois, Co-FounderVisit Website
"The team at StartupGiraffe is not only talented at web development, but they have proven to be excellent strategic partners in the growth of EatDrinkJobs. We highly recommend them." —Julie Lerner and Jason Miller, FoundersVisit Website
"Working with Startup Giraffe is like swag surfing - they take your startup to new levels so that it can generate enough energy to create its own momentum, so much so that your startup will literally start to move and function solely from swag." —Andrew Zarick, CEOVisit Website
"I am amazed and impressed by the work that StartupGiraffe did. It meets (and in many respects exceeds) my expectations and is ready to launch on the exact DAY they set as a goal (especially impressive given the short time frame). This was achieved because of their maniacal management of the process, skills, hard work and commitment." —Jay Amato, FounderVisit Website
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We're a small team of developers that love to make products. We also like watching the nature channel and making animal noises.
Amit, who has a remarkable collection of t-shirts, has been managing software teams and designing products for the past 8 years. A computer science major back in college, he is also a skilled developer who cranks out code for Startup Giraffes. A noted Hindi poet (by at least 5 people), Amit also enjoys playing basketball and teaching his new dog old tricks.
Johnny, who is sometimes mistaken for Waldo, is the Chief Technical Architect of the Startup Giraffes. He has been developing products for over a decade, including customer web portals, corporate intranets and web content management systems for a broad range of clients from small non profits and hospitals to fortune 100 pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and financial services companies. He is fluent in Java, Ruby, PHP, Python, a bunch of other languages, and Pig Latin.
A one-time intramural sports champion, Will gave up his aspirations to become a professional baseball player to build products with the giraffes. He is now a front-end developer, copywriter, and UI designer with the Startup Giraffes. In his spare time, he tries to pull himself away from the computer but often fails.
Our newest giraffe Ross is a dynamite backend developer with a thing for manipulating big data in cool ways. With experience in Ruby on Rails, C, Assembly and a bunch of other languages that are completely foreign to most people, he could probably write an old Nintendo game if he wanted to (he doesn’t want to). In his spare time, Ross plays drums, guitar and bass (not at the same time… yet) and hacks on various awesome side projects. He’s also a killer snowboarder, brah.
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